It’s November, and #TeamBookEnds has a lot to be thankful for. Here’s everything coming out from us, and everything to keep an eye out for:
Abigail Johnson has done it again! THE FIRST TO KNOW is out on 11/7, and is the perfect follow-up to her first book, IF I FIX YOU. Take a look at the captivating jacket cover, and keep scrolling for more.
Dana Fields’s father never knew his parents. When Dana secretly does a DNA test for her dad, hoping to find him some distant relatives for his birthday, her entire world implodes. Instead of a few third cousins, Dana discovers a half brother her age whose very existence means her parents’ happy marriage is a lie.
Dana’s desire to know her half brother, Brandon, and the extent of her dad’s deception, clashes with her wish not to destroy her family. When she sees the opportunity to get to know Brandon through his cousin, the intense yet kind Chase, she takes it. But the more she finds out about Brandon, her father’s past and the irresistible guy who’ll never forgive her if he discovers the truth, the more she sees the inevitable fallout from her own lies. With her family crumbling around her, Dana must own up to her actions and find a way to heal the breach—for everyone—before they’re torn apart for good.
Kirkus writes that “There’s love, competition, and jealousy among siblings and friends; the compromises and accommodations of marriage; the petty issues that grate and the messy, mixed motives everyone brings to the table—all unfold in lively, complex scenes.”
First up in our mystery releases is the latest installment in New York Times Bestselling Author Bailey Cate’s Magical Bakery Mysteries, POTIONS AND PASTRIES! (Out 11/7)
In this New York Times bestselling mystery series, witch Katie Lightfoot bakes enchanted treats—and faces more than her fair share of toil and trouble….
It’s been exactly two years since Katie and her aunt and uncle opened the Honeybee Bakery, where they serve delicious—and bespelled—treats to the good people of Savannah. After a dinner celebrating the bakery’s anniversary, they all take a stroll along the waterfront and meet Aunt Lucy’s friend Orla, a colorful character who has been telling the fortunes of locals and tourists alike for years.
The next day, Orla meets with what seems like a terrible accident, but Katie’s witchy intuition tells her it was something more sinister. Together with her trustworthy coven and her firefighter boyfriend, she’ll race to find out what happened to the unfortunate fortune-teller before the piping hot trail goes cold….
Also, keep an eye out for NOT A CREATURE WAS PURRING by Krista Davis, out 11/7 as well.
Inn owner Holly Miller finds it ruff staying cheerful over the holidays when the dead body of a beloved businessman turns up in the pet-friendly town of Wagtail, Virginia.
Inspired by her German heritage, Holly’s grandmother has arranged for Wagtail to have a Christkindl Market packed with goodies and decorations for the howliday tourists. But Holly’s mood takes an unseasonable turn when she learns that her old flame and childhood friend Holmes Richardson has brought his fiancee home–and she’ll be staying at the Sugar Maple Inn…
A love triangle becomes the last thing on Holly’s mind when her Jack Russell Trixie’s nose for trouble leads her to the corpse of a pet clothing tycoon. Now Holly and her dedicated detectives–Trixie and Twinkletoes the cat–must sniff out the killer to keep Christmas from going to the dogs…
Next: OF SPICE AND MEN, by Sarah Fox. (11/7) It’s the third installment in the Pancake House Mystery series, and Marley McKinney is back, flipping crêpes and solving crimes:
Bonus content: includes original recipes inspired by the Flip Side Pancake House menu!
With a Hollywood film crew in town to shoot a remake of the horror classic The Perishing, the residents of Wildwood Cove are all abuzz. Even Marley McKinney, owner of The Flip Side Pancake House, can overlook the fact that the lead actress, Alyssa Jayde, happens to be an old flame of her boyfriend. After all, the crew loves Marley’s crêpes—so much so that Christine, the head makeup artist, invites her onset for a behind-the-scenes tour. But when Marley arrives, the special-effects trailer is on fire . . . with Christine inside.
The cops quickly rule Christine’s death a murder, and Alyssa a suspect. Marley’s boyfriend insists that the actress is innocent, but when Marley sticks her nose into the complicated lives of The Perishing’s cast and crew, she discovers more questions than answers. It seems that everyone has a hidden agenda—and a plausible motive. And as the horror spills over from the silver screen, Marley gets a funny feeling that she may be the killer’s next victim.
Another cozy to add to your book haul this month is A FATAL COLLECTION by Mary Ellen Hughes, out 11/8!
The first in a new series about:
Callie Reed makes a long overdue visit to her aunt Melodie, who lives in a fairy-tale cottage in quaint Keepsake Cove, home to a bevy of unique collectible shops on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Just as they’re beginning to reconnect, Callie discovers her aunt’s body on the floor of her music box shop. Grief-stricken, Callie finds she can’t accept Melodie’s death being called accidental. How could her strong and healthy aunt take such a fatal fall? And why was she there in the middle of the night?
As Callie searches for the truth, signs seem to come from her late aunt through a favorite music box, urging Callie on. Or are they warnings? If Callie isn’t careful, she could meet a similar deadly fate amid Melodie’s collection.
11/14 is a big Romance day from BookEnds, with two new books out!
First up is CUFFED BY HIS CHARM by Stacey Kennedy! It’s the fourth installment in her Dirty Little Secrets series, so if you haven’t read those yet, treat yourself to a couple of extra books. We don’t judge.
A tabloid scandal unites a powerful mogul and a woman from the wrong side of the tracks in this tantalizing novel from the USA Today bestselling author of Bound Beneath His Pain and the Club Sin series.
The multimillionaire owner of a chain of successful Irish pubs, Gabe O’Keefe loves being in the spotlight almost as much as he loves women. But when all his secrets are exposed in a shameless tabloid, his glistening reputation takes a hit. What hurts most is learning who sold him out: sweet and sensual McKenna Archer, his own employee. Gabe thought he could trust her. But now he’s got bigger problems than keeping his hands off McKenna.
After putting a difficult past behind her, McKenna would never betray Gabe. But she knows someone who would: her brother, a compulsive gambler who owes money all over town. To make things right, McKenna will have to set aside her feelings for her boss. Easier said than done. Gabe oozes pure temptation. But when they team up, McKenna sees that he isn’t the manwhore she always thought. He’s strong. He’s real. And the heat between them is the only thing that makes sense anymore.
One more romance to add to your haul this month: Tara Leigh’s DEAL BREAKER. It’s the second installment in her Billionaire Bosses series:
Nixie Rowland is having a bad day. Rushing home to drown her sorrows in ice cream and reality television, she decides to take a shortcut to the subway where things take a turn for the worst. But Nixie’s bad luck doesn’t end there—the white knight who comes to her rescue is none other than the Dark Knight of Wall Street, a cocky Manhattan mogul whose ego barely fits inside his penthouse. To her horror, Nixie discovers the sizzling attraction between them is off the charts, and rising fast. Spending the night in his bed does nothing to lower the heat… And everything to set her heart on fire.
Nash Knight doesn’t have room in his life, or his heart, for anything beyond one-night stands or casual flings. And he certainly doesn’t make a habit of rescuing damsels in distress. Except that this particular damsel slips beneath his armor, the vulnerability she covers with a false show of bravado hitting him somewhere deep. Nixie is everything he never wanted… And exactly what he needs.
With Nixie on the run from a controlling ex, and Nash trying to salvage a business deal at risk because his conquests in the bedroom are overshadowing his wins in the boardroom, there’s one simple solution for them both: a marriage in name only. But when lust becomes love, will their untamed emotions be a deal breaker?
Last but not least in our romance releases is Lindy Zart’s THE MAP TO YOU, out 11/28. Take a look:
Keeping his inner demons at bay means Blake Malone has more than enough trouble on his plate. He doesn’t need any extra complications. But that’s exactly what he gets when, on his way to North Dakota, he leaves his truck unattended-and returns to find a beautiful woman sleeping in the front seat.
Opal Allen seems to have a knack for attracting trouble. Which is why she isn’t about to tell her new road trip companion the real reason she needs to hightail it out of town. But Blake has a way of seeing right through her, which is both terrifying and exhilarating. Now her biggest problem is figuring out how to resist their undeniable attraction. Because once this road trip is over, she plans on never seeing Blake again.
I told you that we have a lot to be thankful for this month, so keep reading. We’re thrilled to be sharing our most exciting upcoming deals. Get your TBR list ready, you’re gonna be adding a couple more titles to it.
Since she’s our spotlight this month, let’s start with the awesome news Abigail Johnson had this past October: TWO. MORE. BOOKS. We’re all very excited for her, and are thrilled to have her on #TeamBookEnds. Take a look:
More deal news:
Heather Webber has written a Women’s Fiction novel, and you’re gonna want to read it. Take a look at the Publisher’s Weekly announcement below:
Carolyn Yoder at Calkins Creek has acquired, at auction, Jennifer Robin Barr’s middle grade debut GOODBYE, MR. SPALDING, the story of a boy and his best-friend who need to stop the Philadelphia A’s from building the “Spite Fence” along right field and prevent the loss of income from the families’ rooftop bleachers across the street. Set against the backdrop of baseball’s Golden Era, the Great Depression, and the construction of the Spite Fence at Shibe Park, this is a story about the power of friendship and forgiveness. Publication is scheduled for Spring 2019; Tracy Marchini at BookEnds negotiated the deal for world English language rights.
Liz Lincoln’s ON THE LINE, a sports romance in which a pro football player falls for his daughter’s geek of a nanny and romantic hijinks (and some cosplay) ensue, to Junessa Viloria at Loveswept, in a two-book deal, for publication in April 2018, by Jessica Alvarez at BookEnds (World).
Christina Elle’s WHERE THERE’S FIRE, the first in her new hometown heroes series, in which a writer who needs to “sex up” her romance novel finds inspiration in the sexy firefighter who’s always been off-limits, but their arrangement soon becomes complicated by a family feud, to Alycia Tornetta at Entangled Amara, in a three-book deal, for publication in Fall 2018, by Jessica Alvarez at BookEnds (World).
Stacey Kennedy’s RED-HOT CONFESSIONS, an erotic duet, to Sue Grimshaw at Loveswept, by Jessica Alvarez at BookEnds (World).
Donna Lea Simpson’s A GENTLEWOMAN’S GUIDE TO MURDER, a new historical mystery series about a spinster’s secret life as a gossip columnist, and the twisted web of murder she gets caught in, to Terri Bischoff at Midnight Ink, at auction, in a three-book deal, by Jessica Faust of BookEnds.
And you thought we were done?
“Hesse incorporates Keli’s Wiccan practices into her story line, with prayers to the Goddess and incantations that assist her sleuth in gaining insights to solve the mystery. A perfect read for New Age devotees and those who prefer the pagan version of Yuletide.”– Library Journal
YA Books Central released the awesome cover for Gwen Cole’s YA novel, RIDE ON. Take a look:
And lastly, #TeamBookEnds continues to grow. We’ve added some great new authors/illustrators to our list, including Michaela Schuett, Nicola Marsh, Melissa Payne, Margaret Finnegan, Julie Staniford, Russel Dels and Richard Dinnick.
That’s everything from us; all our October news, November releases, and exciting bits. If you read any of these great new titles this month, drop a line below and let us know your thoughts. We’d love to hear them.
As we get closer to the holiday season, keep an eye on the blog for a fun giveaway. Until December!